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IS YOUR LAWYER'S BILL TOO HIGH?

Reduce a high lawyer bill legally

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Here are the answers you need to fight that lawyer high bill.

Reduce a high lawyer bill legally Have it court assessed

FIRST: TALK TO YOUR LAWYER ABOUT REDUCING THE BILL

The first step is discuss the lawyer's bill with your lawyer.   Your lawyer or someone in your lawyer's office can tell you exactly what your lawyer did in your case and how long it took.
If you tell the lawyer why you feel the bill is too high, your lawyer may be willing to reduce the account. It is worth a try and if your  request is refused, you will not be faulted by the Calgary assessment officer for trying to resolve matters amicably.
Your lawyer must provide you with a bill which shows a lump sum for fees and a breakdown of individual disbursements.  Disbursements are monies that your lawyer has spent on your behalf to pay other parties who have provided services in support of your case.
If you did not receive a detailed and final bill, contact your lawyer to request one.

NEVER TRUST ANY LAW SOCIETY

 

If you experience difficulties in obtaining a bill from your lawyer, the Complaints Department of your local Law Society might be able to assist you, but be careful
Law societies toss 95% or all complaints out. They act on very, very few. They even reinstate disbarred lawyers. BewareDo not ever trust any law society. They work for the lawyers, not for you. Meticulously document all contacts with any law society. Remember the law society is really just a glorified lawyers' union and cartel designed not to protect you from lawyers, but to protect lawyers from you.
Keep written notes and proof of your requests for information and bills. There are time limits and deadlines which you must meet.
It may be wise to send a registered letter so you have solid proof of the date of your request.

How to have your lawyer's high bill legally reduced by the assessment process. You only have 30 days to act

Want to know how to get your Calgary lawyer’s bill reduced if it is too high? Where to file a complaint and get a lawyer bill assessment or tax a bill  if your lawyer’s bill is too high. You can fight a bill, fight back  and get your bill reduced legally. You can avoid getting a solicitor’s lien because the lawyer bill is too high.

 

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU ACT PROMPTLY TO REDUCE HIGH LAWYER BILL LEGALLY. HAVE IT COURT ASSESSED  .

Generally, you must file a complaint within 30 days of receiving the lawyer's bill.

These deadlines start from when you received the complete bill in question. You may be required to prove when you did in fact receive it. Keep the envelope it came in (if you still have it) as it has the postal cancellation stamp.

 

SOLICITOR'S LIEN

 

A lawyer is entitled to keep your file

until you pay your bill in full.

 

The way to avoid this problem is to demand copies of all court documents and correspondence as you go.

 

 

"One personally regrets having so many reasons

for not being able to respect you." Anon

The law societies are unions for Calgary lawyers. They protect their members from all outsiders. Beware. Do not trust or believe them

Fight a Bill? It can be tough , but if you get the lawyer's bill reduced that is your money, back in your pocket. Do not toss your lawyer's bill in a drawer.

If the bill is too high, you must register your complaint within 30 days.

SECOND: CONTACT YOUR LOCAL ASSESSMENT OFFICE TO HAVE YOUR BILL REVIEWED & ASSESSED

It can be tough, but if you get the Calgary lawyer's bill reduced that is your money, back in your pocket.Contact your Calgary court office Phone: 403-297-3862 to find out how to start and assessment review and hearing of your lawyer's bill. It just takes a bit of effort by you. The old term for bill assessment was tax a bill which made no sense to anyone but lawyers.

Calgary Courts Centre Phone: 403-297-3862

Suite 705-N, 601 - 5th St. SW, Calgary, T2P 5P7

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:15-4:00

The Assessment Officer who reviews a lawyer's bill is usually an official of the Calgary, Alberta Court.
You probably should make an appointment to have the bill assessed as a precaution while you are negotiating with the lawyer.
Try to ascertain what the charges are for and if they seem reasonable. Do not allow this to consume too much time.
If your lawyer refuses to adjust her bill, you can seek to have the amount assessed by a Court Assessment Officer.
In Ontario if you apply for the assessment within one month of delivery of the lawyer's bill the assessment is automatic.
Do not toss your Calgary lawyer's bill in a drawer. If it is too high, you must register your complaint within 30 days or else.Delays may weaken your position and make it appear you just are trying to get out of paying a legitimate bill. In addition, obtaining a judge's order could be costly and the judge may refuse your request for an assessment. and order you to pay some court costs.
If you delay longer then the month, you will be required to seek either the lawyer's consent to the assessment or a judge's order. Obtaining the judge's order may require you to retain yet another lawyer, although it is possible to represent yourself.
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